I am madly, passionately, insanely in love with the South.
You see, we're new here, so I'm shocked by this. I expected to like it, but not to feel this intense..."rightness", right from the start. Like coming home, where I'd never been before. Like the entire area was saying "there you are, we've been waiting for you", as we drove along.
I love the people. Everyone is so friendly...they wave as you drive by, even if they don't know you. They smile and say "hi" as you pass in the store. They chat everywhere. It's wonderful.
I love the accents. From a light touch, to an unintelligible, thick as syrup drawl, I love it. It's musical. It's beautiful. It's contagious, and the kids are already teasing me about mine. It's only sometimes, but yes, Ah'm developin' it. And I'm thrilled!
I love the weather. I love thunder and lightning, and rain. It's like fireworks, but better. I love that it's random, that unlike CA, where it almost NEVER rains in the summer, here it rains whenever the heck it feels like it. I find it fascinating.
I love the humidity. Yes. I said it. I admit, there have been a few days here and there that have been oppressive, but for the most part, it's just nice. I love that it's not dry all the time. My skin loves it. My lungs love it. It's awesome.
I love the green. Everywhere, green. Trees, bushes, grasses, everywhere. Green...and flowers! Beautiful flowers. It's like spring, all summer long this year.
I love the water. There is just water everywhere. Creeks, rivers, ponds, springs...so much water. I thought northern CA was wet and green... Boy, I knew NOTHING!
I love the religion. It's so different here. There are churches EVERYWHERE, and everyone talks about church. One of the first things people ask, after your name, is where you go to church. Stores have signs about Jesus, clerks tell you to have a blessed day, billboards, bumper stickers...Jesus is EVERYWHERE!
I love the wildlife! We see deer, squirrels, racoons, turtles, birds of all shapes and colors, and the BUTTERFLIES! Amazing.
I'm sure there's more, but my dessert is ready, and I'm tired. Hugs, all! I hope you are as blessed where you live as we are here.